Sleeping with Other People

Coming on the heels of Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck, writer-director Leslye Headland’s Sleeping With Other People comes across like the sly, slutty younger cousin defiantly sashaying on the other side of the street, but still clocking what’s go

click to enlarge Alison Brie and Jason Sudeikis in 'Sleeping with Other People'
Alison Brie and Jason Sudeikis in 'Sleeping with Other People'

Coming on the heels of Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck, writer-director Leslye Headland’s Sleeping With Other People comes across like the sly, slutty younger cousin defiantly sashaying on the other side of the street, but still clocking what’s going on in the spotlight. Jake (Jason Sudeikis) and Lainey (Alison Brie) lose their virginity to each other in college and drift through meaningless relationships for the next decade or so, until they bump into one another at a sex addicts meeting and decide to become platonic friends. Their support group approach comes with obvious complications, but Sudeikis and Brie also bring an astonishing amount of charm, sensuality and real emotion to the proceedings, elevating the film far beyond its rom-com premise. This might go down as the year of the dramatic sex comedy. (Opens Friday at Mariemont Theatre) (R) Grade: B+

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